Hi, I’m Michelle. I originally founded Miles with Michelle Coaching in Lincoln in 2016, but I relocated to the West Pennines in 2017, so I can now be found running around north Bolton, Wigan and Chorley.
I’ve been running since 2002, and my heart lies on the beautiful West Pennine moorlands. I am a fully qualified and insured Coach in Running Fitness through UK Athletics, a certified canicross trainer through Dogfit UK, and trained run leader mentor through Run Together.
I got into the world of coaching in 2009 when I founded Witham Runners (Lincolnshire) running club. A baptism of fire, as chairperson for 8 years, I rode a fast rollercoaster-like learning curve, affiliating with UK Athletics, fundraising, event and race organising, after-school running clubs, and of course, coaching. I was at the helm as Witham Runners took on the race management of the popular Bassingham Bash 5 mile event, and was co-race director for the 2015 and 2016 events.
I have many years experience of coaching, both on and off track, from beginner level through to ultramarathon distance. I specialise in endurance road and trail running, although I am now doing much more track coaching, as I am involved with the juniors section of Horwich RMI Harriers.
A keen runner myself, I have competed in many events from fell races to road marathons, and various trail marathons and ultramarathons. I firmly believe that anybody can achieve anything they set their heart on with the right mindset and the right support at their side. I only started running in my late twenties, so I don’t have an athletics background, and for this reason a lot of my work is focused on helping beginners find the confidence to start their own running journeys, because I know how daunting it can be to take that first step.
I am very proud to be the club coach for We Are Run Things. Whilst I would always encourage a very individual and flexible approach to your training, with a plan designed just for you, I have worked hard together with the Run Things Run Club team to produce some plans to help you work towards your next event, whether that be your first 5k or a marathon PB. You can join the club for £25 (lifetime membership) for access to these.
I am also very proud to be associated with UKRunChat, Runderwear, Protein Rebel, and Ruby Fury Activewear.